Govt failed to increase wage of estate workers – LCELU Head
By Buddhika Samaraweera
President of the Low Country Estate Labourers’ Union (LCELU), Ruwan Gallage claimed that private plantation companies have now become a mafia and are worse than terrorists.
He said the Government had failed to deliver on its promise to increase the wages of plantation workers from March last year and alleged that the Government is looking into the needs of plantation companies and not the needs of the labourers.
Addressing the Media in Colombo on 8 January, Gallage further said if the Government continues to hoodwink estate labourers in this manner, a broad force will be formed to take strong trade union action. He emphasised that many public organisations had already expressed their willingness to do so.
He added that the daily wage of Rs. 750 is not enough, especially with the spread of COVID-19 and said it was unfortunate that the current President and Prime minister, who had ended a 30-year-war, were unable to negotiate with estate owners and resolve the problems faced by labourers.